Policies and Information


The IU Southeast Graduate Business Programs are accredited by AACSB International— The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International provides specialized, professional accreditation for university business schools and their business programs. AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Less than 5% of the more than 11,000 business schools in the world have earned AACSB accreditation. Being AACSB-accredited means a business school is able to continuously pass a strict set of standards that are designed to ensure quality. AACSBaccredited business schools have the highest-quality classes, teachers, research, students, and programs in the world.

Admission Process 

Applicants should have earned a bachelor’s degree. Applications are carefully evaluated based primarily on the following factors: Quality of undergraduate degree program, undergraduate grade point average, Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score**, and relevant work experience. Meeting minimum expectations for each factor does not guarantee admission. Offers of admission will be based in part on program capacity considerations.

Application Deadlines
Desired Starting Semester Final Postmark Deadline 
Fall July 20 
Spring  November 30 
Summer  April 15 


Typically, admissions decisions will be communicated to applicants within three weeks of the deadline. Complete applications received by the recommended deadline will be considered for admission, denial or deferral of the admission decision until the second/final review of applications. Complete applications received after the recommended deadline but on or before the final deadline date will be handled in the final review of applications (subject to program capacity). Decisions at this stage will either be admission, denial or deferral for consideration of admission in the following semester (or summer term).

An application is considered complete when:

   1) The applicant has submitted the online Graduate Business Programs application with application fee, resume and essay, and
   2) Additional supporting materials (GMAT**, official transcripts, etc.) have been received.
   * Additional processing time is necessary for international student applications. International applicants should submit all materials by the recommended postmark deadline.
   ** Typically, international applicants will also be required to submit TOEFL scores.

Admissions decisions are final. An applicant who is deferred to the following semester will automatically be considered in the set of Recommended Postmark Deadline applications for that semester. Applicants who are denied admission may apply for consideration for a later semester by submitting updated application materials at a later date.

Starting Semester:
Students who are granted admission into a graduate business program are expected to start during the stated desired starting semester. Any student not starting coursework during that semester must communicate with the Director of Graduate Programs to maintain their admission status into the next semester.

Transfer Credit Policy 

Graduate credit hours earned at another AACSB or ABA–accredited university may be accepted as transfer credit. The maximum total number accepted is six credit hours. Factors such as graduate program accreditation, course relevance to business administration or strategic finance, grade earned (at least a B, 3.0 on 4.0 scale) and length of time since course completion will be considered.

Accepted transfer courses must align with specific objectives and learning outcomes of current program courses if the request for graduate credit would be a substitute for a required course. The instructor who teaches the equivalent course in the IU Southeast graduate business program will make the decision. If the instructor of record is unavailable for a month, the Dean will make the decision, in conjunction with a terminally degreed faculty member in the area.

Incoming Students

Applicants may request a review of previous graduate transcripts for consideration of transfer credit toward a graduate business degree. Courses over seven years old will not be considered. The request must be made at the time of application, and the review will be conducted at the time of admission into the graduate business program. The student must submit the course description and syllabus.

Current Students

A current student may request to take a course from another AACSB-accredited university only in the case of extenuating circumstances which prevent the student from taking the course through IU Southeast (as determined by the Graduate Business Programs Committee). The request for permission must be submitted to the Graduate Director at least a month prior to the beginning of the course. The student must submit the course description and current syllabus as part of the required process. It is the student’s responsibility to pursue enrollment and the necessary permissions from other institution, as well as to complete the necessary transfer process with IU Southeast after finishing the course. No transfer credit will be allowed if the transfer is not approved in advance of the course start date.

Community Service Requirement 

MBA and MSSF students must perform at least 20 hours of community service in a project
that involves their contribution in the form of business knowledge, leadership, and/or expertise.
Some examples include volunteering for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, providing tax assistance for
the elderly or disadvantaged, participating in a United Way agency, or serving on a not-for-profit
board or advisory council. Activities that serve a narrowly defined population such as being an
officer at the local Rotary Club or a church deacon are not appropriate for this requirement.

Furthermore, participation in admirable community service projects such as Habitat for
Humanity would not be acceptable unless the service was in the form of contributing business
expertise or in a leadership role.

Services in which the student organizes and/or directs the project for a non-profit organization
are acceptable. Examples such as directing and/or organizing a community cleanup sponsored
by the Rotary Club or chairing a church clothing drive for the needy are acceptable projects
because they serve a need of the greater community.

The requirement may be completed at any time during the academic program. It is strongly
recommended that the student plan to complete this requirement prior to the last 6 credit hours
of coursework in the graduate curriculum. Students must submit a written proposal outlining a
plan for satisfying this requirement to the Graduate Director for approval prior to performing the project.

The proposal should contain the following information:
   1) Name of the community organization or project selected to fulfill this requirement.
   2) Name and telephone number of a contact person at the organization.
   3) How your business knowledge, leadership, and expertise will be applied.
   4) Estimated time frame for completion of the project, including beginning and ending dates, if possible.

Normally, proposals are approved within one week of submission. Proposals that differ from
typical projects, however, may require additional time for approval. Any services rendered prior
to the approval of a proposal do not satisfy this requirement. Certification by the participating
organization is also required. At the conclusion of the Community Service activity, students must
submit a one- to two-page typewritten report summarizing the project, project outcomes and
student’s contributions to these outcomes to the Director of the Graduate Business Programs for final approval.


Students are responsible for following standard timing and procedures of the Registrar’s Office to
officially withdraw from a course. For academic advising regarding the possible need to withdraw
from a course, contact the Director of Graduate Business Programs. Typically, dropping a course
within the first week of class results in no record of attempting the course. For withdrawals after
the first week of class, W is recorded in place of a grade when students officially withdraw before
the established withdrawal deadline. See the Registrar’s Academic Calendar for specific drop and withdrawal deadline dates in each semester. Non-standard course lengths have adjusted withdrawal deadlines. Contact the Director regarding withdrawal deadline questions for these courses.

Lack of Graduate Program Activity 

Students who stop taking classes for at least 2 consecutive regular semesters (Fall or Spring)
must file an appeal for reinstatement in the Graduate Business Programs Office. If such
reinstatement is granted, the student will be subject to the Bulletin in effect at the time of reinstatement. The seven-year window for degree completion still applies based on the semester when the first graduate business course was taken.

Incomplete Grades

The grade of I (Incomplete) indicates that the student has satisfactorily completed the major
portion of a course but is prevented by extraordinary circumstances from completing the balance
of the course. The grade of I will only be given if the instructor has sufficient reason to believe
that the failure to complete the requirements of the course was beyond the student’s control. The
grade of I should not be awarded simply to exempt a student from paying tuition for a repeated course.
The student has up to 12 months to complete the balance of the course in the manner outlined
by the instructor. If the instructor does not otherwise act to remove the Incomplete within 12
months, the Registrar will automatically change the I to an F. Both the student and the instructor
in whose course the student received the I will be notified of this changing of grade.

Repeating A Course

Students earning an unacceptable individual course grade [less than C- (1.7) in a Foundations
course or less than C (2.0) in a required Graduate Business course] must repeat the course to
achieve an acceptable grade. A student may choose to repeat a course in which the original
grade earned was below B (3.0). A course may be repeated for a grade only once. Regardless
of whether a student must repeat a course or chooses to repeat a course, ALL grades earned
(original and second) will be included in the appropriate (Foundations or Graduate) overall GPA
calculation. A maximum of 6 Graduate Business Programs credit hours can be repeated.


Auditing is not permitted for courses in the Graduate Business Programs curriculum.

Academic Standing and Disciplinary Procedures

Foundations Phase: To maintain good academic standing, students must maintain an overall
Foundations GPA of at least 3.0. Any Foundations course with a final grade below C- (1.7) must
be repeated for successful completion. A Foundations course may only be repeated for a grade one time.

Graduate Program: To maintain good academic standing, students must maintain an overall
Graduate GPA of at least 3.0. Any Graduate Business course with a final grade below C (2.0)
must be repeated for successful completion. A Graduate Business course may only be repeated for a grade one time.

Terms of Academic Probation or Suspension
At any point in a Graduate Business program, if a student’s overall Graduate GPA falls below
3.0, the student is placed on academic probation. When placed on academic probation, the
student must improve his/her overall Graduate GPA to at least 3.0 within the next 9 credit hours
completed. Failure to do so will result in academic suspension, which prohibits the student from
taking Graduate Business coursework until reinstatement is granted.

The suspended student must file an appeal for reinstatement with the Graduate Business
Programs Office. If reinstatement is granted, probationary terms of the reinstatement will be
defined. At a minimum, academic suspension will prohibit the student from taking Graduate
Business coursework until the end of the next regular semester (Fall or Spring).

Any grade of D+ (1.3) or lower in a Graduate Business Program course results in automatic
academic suspension. The suspended student must file an appeal for reinstatement with the
Graduate Business Programs Office. If reinstatement is granted, probationary terms of the
reinstatement will be defined. At a minimum, academic suspension will prohibit the student from
taking Graduate Business coursework until the end of the next regular semester (Fall or Spring).

Students should seek regular academic advising with the Director of Graduate Business
Programs in an effort to restore and maintain good academic standing.

Academic Dismissal
A student will be dismissed from the Foundations phase when any one of the following occurs:
   1) The student repeats a particular required Foundations course and earns a grade
    below C- (1.7) both times.
   2) It becomes mathematically impossible for the student to achieve the required 3.0 GPA
   upon completion of the program.

A student will be dismissed from the Graduate Business Program when any one of the
following occurs:

   1) The student repeats a particular required (core) Graduate Business Program course and
   earns a grade below C (2.0) both times.
   2) The student has earned three Graduate Business course grades below B- (2.7).
   A maximum of two grades below B- (2.7) will be allowed in Graduate Business courses.
   This policy applies to the collection of all graduate courses taken to simultaneously or
   consecutively complete both Graduate Business degree plans. Repeating a Graduate Business
   Programs course does not remove the original grade from being counted. Foundations courses
   are not considered part of this evaluation.
   3) The student does not complete all degree plan requirements within seven years of the first
   Graduate Business course taken.

Additionally, students should be familiar with the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and
Conduct. Academic or other misconduct in violation of the Code may result in dismissal.

Appeals Regarding Bulletin Policies or Academic Discipline Actions: The Graduate Business Programs Committee oversees Graduate Business policy development, revision and enforcement. Students may write a letter of appeal to the Committee with any supporting documentation to seek an exception to Graduate Business Programs policy or disciplinary action.

Graduate Business Student Services 

IU Southeast Graduate Business students have access to the following personnel and services:
Director of Graduate Business Programs: Academic Advising, Community Service Proposals
Graduate Programs Records Specialist: Admissions and Graduation Processing, Student Questions
Financial Aid Office: Loan, Grant or Scholarship Options
Bursar’s Office: Student Identification Card, Arrangements for Payment of Tuition and Fees
University Police: Campus Parking Permit and Security Information
Registrar’s Office: Academic Calendar, Registration and Withdrawal Processes
Career Development Office: Career/Employment Opportunities and Resources for Students and Alumni
Disability Services Office: Guidance Regarding Appropriate Accommodations and Services
Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society: “To encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students of business administration, to promote the advancement of education in the art and science of business, and to foster integrity In the conduct of business operation.”

Visiting Students in Graduate Business Courses 

A qualified visiting student may seek to take up to six graduate business credit hours. To seek permission to take a graduate business course under “visiting” status, the candidate must:

  1. Provide graduate business application materials and meet all conditions that are required for full admission into a Graduate Business Program by the final application deadline for the desired semester. (Some Graduate Business Program application material requirements may be waived for students currently in good standing at another AACSB-accredited graduate business program.
  2. Show successful completion of all expected prior coursework necessary to be prepared for entry into the desired course. Permission to enroll in an IU Southeast Graduate Business course does not constitute admission to a Graduate Business Program. The qualified visiting student must wait until one week prior to the first day of class to determine if a seat is available.

Code of Students Rights,Responsibilities, and Conduct

It is important that students understand their rights and responsibilities. Copies of the Indiana
University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct are available from the Office of
Student Affairs, University Center South, room 155, and the Information Desk, University Center.
Students are responsible for becoming acquainted with the regulations in this document, which
covers such issues as academic dishonesty, grievance procedures, discrimination, and overall

School of Business Honor Code

In accordance with the Indiana University Southeast Code of Student Conduct, the School of
Business has adopted the following honor code:
“On my honor, I hereby pledge to neither give nor receive instructor-unauthorized aid on
this [exam/test/paper].”
The mechanism for enforcement will be the established channels provided through the Office of
Student Affairs regarding academic misconduct. The purpose of the honor code is to reinforce
for School of Business students the importance that our school places on ethical conduct as well
as the increasing emphasis being placed on ethical behavior within the business community.

Policy Governing Release of Information in Students Records

University ID (UID) Number
The University ID is now the preferred access number for your student records. It replaces the
Social Security number (SSN) as the primary identifier. The SSN is still used for financial aid and
employment information but is no longer considered a student ID number. All newly admitted
students receive their own 10-digit UID. They can use it to create their initial computing
accounts before they arrive on campus. Students do not need to know their UIDs for registration.
When they log in to OneStart with their IU Network ID username and password, they are ready to
register for classes. Currently enrolled students can look up their UID in the Personal Information
link in OneStart.

Student Records:
Indiana University Policy on Student Records (Approved: UFC 3/29/77; amended: UFC 10/2/01) In compliance with Section 438 of the “General Education Provisions Act” (as amended) entitled “FamilyEducational Rights and Privacy Act,” the following constitutes the institution’s policy, which instructs the student in the procedures available to provide appropriate access to personal records, while protecting their confidentiality.

A. Certain definitions and principles contained in the law and proposed guidelines are
specifically adopted in the policy:
   1) “Student” is defined as one who has attended or is attending Indiana University, and
   whose records are in the files of the University.
   2) “Educational records” do not include records retained by individuals which are not
   accessible to any other person except a substitute faculty/staff member.
   3) “Public information” is limited to name; address; e-mail address; phone; major field of
   study; dates of attendance; admission or enrollment status; campus; school, college, or
   division; class standing; degrees and awards; activities; sports; and athletic information.
   Records of arrests and/or convictions and traffic accident information are public information
   and may be released to anyone making inquiry.
   4) “Record” means any information or data recorded in any medium, including, but not
   limited to, handwriting, print, tapes, film, microfilm, microfiche, and electronic media.

B. Public information shall be released freely unless the student files the appropriate form
requesting that certain public information not be released.

Third-Party Access:
In compliance with the Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and the university policy on Access to and Release of Student Education Records (, the university is prohibited for providing certain information from your student records to a third party, such as information on grades, billing,tuition and fees assessments, financial aid (including scholarships, grants, work-study or loan amounts), and other student record information. The restriction applies, but is not limited to your parents, your spouse, a sponsor, etc. You may, at your discretion, grant the university permission to release information from your student records to a third party by granting them permission to see portions of your record via self-service in OneStart. By choosing to create an access record through this process, you are completing a Student Information Release Authorization. To use this service, you must set up a separate record for each third party to whom you grant access to information on your student records. This authorization does not authorize the third party viewer to receive information from the university by any other methods, such as phone, e-mail, or in-person visit. Your authorization to release information will expire when your access to self-service expires.At that time, your third-party guest’s access will also expire. However, you may revoke your authorization at any time by removing permission from a third party viewer through OneStart. Access can be revoked by deleting the record assigning access to your third party guest in OneStart

For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar.



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